Northfleet woman gives puppy a good home after it suffered “severe trauma”

PUBLISHED: 10:46 19 June 2014

Lizzie with her new owner Jo Komoroczy.

Lizzie with her new owner Jo Komoroczy.


As the RSPCA released their cruelty statistics for the South East, one woman spoke about her decision to take in a puppy who had suffered at the hands of her previous owners.

Lizzie after going to her new home.Lizzie after going to her new home.

Jo Komoroczy adopted a small terrier puppy who had been thrown over a fence and had her leg broken.

Penny, who has now been renamed Lizzie as she arrived at her new home around the time of the Queen’s Jubilee, was just 10 weeks old at the time.

The previous owners had been arguing about her and a neighbour heard the small puppy whimpering at night before she was grabbed and thrown.

She landed three metres away and despite being injured and crying out in pain she was ignored by her owners who went back into their house.

A witness took Lizzie to a vet, where X-rays showed that she had an old and new fracture on her right front leg and older healing fractures on two ribs, caused by deliberate violence.

The vet believed she had sustained at least two episodes of severe trauma in her short life.

The couple, a 41-year-old man and 34-year-old woman from Northfleet, were each disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years at Dartford Magistrates’ Court,

Speaking about how Lizzie has settled in to her new home, Jo said: “She’s absolutely fine.

“She’s got a mischevious character and an extremely strong willed naughty streak. She’s had a lot of one to one therapy.”

Jo was working at animal charity PDSA when Lizzie was brought in after what happened to her.

She had been looking for a companion for her other rescue dog, and when an RSPCA inspector came to collect her Jo said she would be willing to adopt Lizzie as she was and pay for any treatments that she might need, as long as the previous owners would sign away their rights to her.

“She was extremely bold, even though she had a great big bandage on her leg at the time. She had no problems at all with going towards my other dog.”

Jo said that Lizzie had been quite underweight when she first arrived and that it had taken a while to undo some of the damage from the traumatic incidents the puppy had been through.

“She was only about 1.9 kilos when we took her home.

“She is very very hard work and very high maintanence. She missed her most important socialisation stage, which means she can be very funny around other dogs. She has to get in first with the barking.

However Jo, who has two rescue dogs and two rescue cats, added that after training Lizzie had improved and wants to emphasise that it is completely worth adopting an animal.

“She’s much, much better than she was but it’s been a very long road to get her to where she is now.

“I want to encourage people to rescue animals rather than going out and buying them because there are so many that deserve good homes and they are being a little bit overlooked.”

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